Too many takeaways in Westhoughton, say town council chiefs

There are fears Westhoughton’s high street will be saturated with takeaways

There are fears Westhoughton’s high street will be saturated with takeaways

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

CONTROVERSIAL plans to transform a high street off-licence into a chicken takeaway look set to be refused at Bolton Council’s planning meeting today.

Planning officers argue that there are too many takeaways within a 50-metre radius of the proposed new one, near the Barclays Bank in Market Street, Westhoughton.

They concede the proposal would safeguard the economic interests of the outlet but said this does not outweigh the potential harm caused by saturating Market Street with takeaways.

The off-licence has been on the market since November 2009, and no other firm offer has been made since then.

The council report says: “It is considered that to allow a further hot food takeaway in the area would result in harm being caused to the character and appearance of Westhoughton town centre and result in a reduction in the vitality and viability of the centre.”

Letters of objection from residents point out the high number of estate agents and takeaways in Market Street, as well as the potential impact of food smells on the delicatessen next door.

They also voiced fears that discarded rubbish may attract rats.

A support letter argues the property has been vacant for several years and nowhere else in the street sells grilled chicken.

Westhoughton Town Council opposed the plans, arguing that efforts need to be concentrated on rejuvenating Westhoughton’s day-time economy instead.

Leader Cllr David Chadwick said: “We have quite enough hot food takeaways in Westhoughton.

“How far do you want to go? Market Street needs some variety. This is a no-go in planning terms to my mind.”

The takeaway, which would open until 11pm on week nights and midnight on Saturdays, says it would employ four full-time and two part-time staff.

Conservative town councillor Cllr Phil Ashcroft said: “Too many takeaways could stifle the day-time economy of Market Street, which must thrive for the town to be successful.”

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11:44am Thu 6 Feb 14

Justin Just BU CIC says...

I agree and feel a lot of the small towns are the same. With high rental and rates it seems their the only business that can make a living.

Justin
I agree and feel a lot of the small towns are the same. With high rental and rates it seems their the only business that can make a living. Justin Justin Just BU CIC
  • Score: 11

12:30pm Thu 6 Feb 14

LordLeverhulme says...

It is considered that to allow a further hot food takeaway in the area would result in harm being caused to the character and appearance of Westhoughton town centre and result in a reduction in the vitality and viability of the centre


Eh?
What planet do these people live on? It's not Florence or Monte Carlo we're talking about. It's Westhoughton.
A nice chicken shop would probably make it look better.
[quote]It is considered that to allow a further hot food takeaway in the area would result in harm being caused to the character and appearance of Westhoughton town centre and result in a reduction in the vitality and viability of the centre[/quote] Eh? What planet do these people live on? It's not Florence or Monte Carlo we're talking about. It's Westhoughton. A nice chicken shop would probably make it look better. LordLeverhulme
  • Score: -8

1:02pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Womble says...

The problem with takeaways is that they are usually closed all day with the shutters down, making the main street look dead.
The problem with takeaways is that they are usually closed all day with the shutters down, making the main street look dead. Womble
  • Score: 18

1:02pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Jim271 says...

Where you get lots of Off Licences you get lots of antisocial behaviour.

its the number of Off Licences they should focus on rather than takeaways.
Where you get lots of Off Licences you get lots of antisocial behaviour. its the number of Off Licences they should focus on rather than takeaways. Jim271
  • Score: 0

1:10pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Donkey Stone says...

Womble wrote:
The problem with takeaways is that they are usually closed all day with the shutters down, making the main street look dead.
Or maybe it is just dead.
[quote][p][bold]Womble[/bold] wrote: The problem with takeaways is that they are usually closed all day with the shutters down, making the main street look dead.[/p][/quote]Or maybe it is just dead. Donkey Stone
  • Score: -5

4:00pm Thu 6 Feb 14

stotty1 says...

The problem with these stinking holes is they don't pay the correct tax and this is why they can pay rent and rates (CASH ONLY). NAIL BARS,TAKE AWAYS,TAXI SHOPS,OFF LICENCES,Can anybody see a connection as I can Asians taking the p155 out of this country.
The problem with these stinking holes is they don't pay the correct tax and this is why they can pay rent and rates (CASH ONLY). NAIL BARS,TAKE AWAYS,TAXI SHOPS,OFF LICENCES,Can anybody see a connection as I can Asians taking the p155 out of this country. stotty1
  • Score: 8

5:28pm Thu 6 Feb 14

danssoncabaret says...

Jim271 wrote:
Where you get lots of Off Licences you get lots of antisocial behaviour.

its the number of Off Licences they should focus on rather than takeaways.
You often get anti-social and inappropriate behaviour in take away food shops too!
[quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: Where you get lots of Off Licences you get lots of antisocial behaviour. its the number of Off Licences they should focus on rather than takeaways.[/p][/quote]You often get anti-social and inappropriate behaviour in take away food shops too! danssoncabaret
  • Score: 6

7:08pm Thu 6 Feb 14

boltonnut says...

To solve the problem,take them all away.
To solve the problem,take them all away. boltonnut
  • Score: 1

8:09pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Erm Westhoughton do things differently to Bolton then?

100,000 takeaways in Bolton - Westhoughton 10

LMAO
Erm Westhoughton do things differently to Bolton then? 100,000 takeaways in Bolton - Westhoughton 10 LMAO Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 1

9:17pm Thu 6 Feb 14

mr.mark.c says...

Beyond News Forum wrote:
Erm Westhoughton do things differently to Bolton then?

100,000 takeaways in Bolton - Westhoughton 10

LMAO
Half of those in Farnworth
[quote][p][bold]Beyond News Forum[/bold] wrote: Erm Westhoughton do things differently to Bolton then? 100,000 takeaways in Bolton - Westhoughton 10 LMAO[/p][/quote]Half of those in Farnworth mr.mark.c
  • Score: 1

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